The European Union formally adopted a package of new sanctions against Russia on Monday, but said their entry into force would be delayed to leave time to assess whether a ceasefire in Ukraine is holding.
David Cameron will meet EU President Herman van Rompuy Monday as the British prime minister battles to stop Jean-Claude Juncker from becoming head of the European Commission, Downing Street said Friday.
Russia must stop support from its territory to pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the chairman of European Union leaders Herman Van Rompuy said on Saturday after a Ukrainian military plane was downed by the separatists, killing 49.
French President Francois Hollande held phone talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy over the situation in Ukraine, the president`s office said.
The EU`s first president Herman Van Rompuy takes office on Tuesday, along with foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, hoping to boost Europe`s global standing amid criticism of the low-profile pairing.
Belgian leader Herman Van Rompuy and Britain`s David Miliband have emerged as the front-runners for two top jobs in the European Union, but the British minister has distanced himself from the post of foreign policy chief.